3D Building Design
All Our Work Is 3D - Just Like The Real World
Most clients struggle to “read” a 2D drawing. The world around them is all in 3D and so interpreting the artificial representation that is a conventional plan or elevation can be a real barrier to the understanding of their own project. Given the significant investment in money, time and emotions that every project involves, the least a client should expect of their Architects is to fully understand the design before work starts on site.
So What Does A 3D File Look Like?
Click on the image to view a sample of a 360 view 3D file that will run on your computer, tablet or even your smart-phone using free software that runs on all major operating systems.
Try it out and see how easy it is to navigate around the building.
We use BIMX to share 3D files which is in our view the best in the world.
As well as designing in 3D, we create a virtual building in 3D that shows the contractor how its constructed. That applies to new houses or residential extensions. We effectively build it once as a 3D virtual building then again on site as the actual building. That way we know it all it works correctly. Design changes before work starts are not expensive and do not usually delay a project, but once building work starts they can result in considerable cost and delay.
The main benefit is being able to walk around you project inside and out before work starts to help you fully understand the design in depth and refine your requirements. You can see what you are going to pay the builder to construct in every detail.
How Does It Work?
Most of our work involves changes or additions to existing buildings and so the first thing we do is create a 3D model of the building as it stands. We can then “demolish” the parts of the building that are not required and add new items that are.
We can show you at any time a comparison between existing and proposed. Everything we model is packed with useful data about areas, materials, specifications and quantities that automatically generation of accurate schedules for contractors to price.
Before and After
These are some real examples that show the comparison between the 3D virtual model and the finished project
We add the surrounding buildings where this is an important aspect of the design. This can particularly help with planning applications in conservation areas. This example is of a scheme in a conservation area in Sevenoaks.
Sometimes we cut into the model to show a specific feature; in this case a complicated staircase built around a chimney stack. Isolating one element in this way helps everyone understand the finished building.
Does It Work On Site?
The detailed, fully coordinated drawings and specifications produced from the model help the contractor understand and execute the design more easily, leading to less rework and a better finished. There were fewer time-consuming misunderstandings and requests for clarification.
The client and contractor have access to the 3D model, all the 2D drawings and the fully detailed specification from one file, via their computer, tablet or smart-phone, 24 hours a day, wherever they are.